Market is open every Friday

Published 23/07/2013 | 05:24

COUNTRY MARKET: Market is open every Friday from 10am to 12 noon in Askea Parish Centre. Come along and get home grown fruit and vegetables. Home baked breads, cakes, scones and tarts and much more.


Applications are still been taken for Socially monitored alarms at St. Catherine's Community Services Centre. Contact Edel or Pamela on 059 9138700 or for further information or call into St. Catherine's Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.



The organisers of Ballon's Festival Day- the local GAA Club - were blessed with a fine warm summers day for the 2013 renewal of their fundraising event held in James Morris GAA Park on Sunday 14th July and as the sun came out so did the crowds in very large numbers. The attendance was well up once again with the dog show and the juvenile football match attracting their own following.

Burren Rangers took on Tullow in under-12 football and won. There was something going on in all corners of the field all day and the various side shows and tests of skill such as nail driving, beat the goalie, duck racing and greasy pole proved popular once again . There are pictures galore of the event on


The dog show attracted a good entry and the results are as follows.

Large working dog; 1, John Keogh, Wexford; 2, P.J. McCaul, Ballon. Small Dog; 1, Emily Mahon, Ballintrane; 2, B. O'Reilly, Rathoe; 3, Ava Doyle, Carlow. Best Groomed; 1, Holly Wall; 2, B. O'Reilly, Rathoe. Dog to take home; 1, Kate Brennan, Ballon; 2, Maria Byrne, Tullow; 3, Noel Brennan, Myshall; Dog handled by a lady; 1, Mairead McMcGrath, Ballon; 2, Maria Byrne, Tullow; 3, B. O'Reilly, Rathoe. Handled by a child; 1, Leah Mullen, Ballon; 2, Jessica Kelly, Ballon; 3, Lisa Kelly, Ballon. Overall Winner, John Kehoe, Wexford.


The July session in the monthly series of Song and Story will be held in Rathoe Hall on Sunday next, 28th July at 8pm. As usual admission is free and refreshments will be served. Why not go along and enjoy a great night out free of charge


The Fighting Cocks will take on Kilbride in the opening round of the Carlow SFC at Dr.Cullen Park on Saturday next at 7.45pm. There will be huge interest in this game throughout the parish as its the first ever meeting of these teams in Carlow's premier competition.

Not only will local pride be a stake, but with only six teams in the group and with the bottom three facing relegation, a win would give either side an early advantage in avoiding the drop back to the intermediate grade.

There is little between the sides - Kilbride have the bragging rights just now following their single point win in the FL Div 1 earlier this year but they will be all too aware of the hoodoo the 'Cocks had over them in the IFC in the past and particularly during the 1970s. Certainly a game not to be missed!


The Fighting Cocks will contest the final of the Carlow FL Div 4 at Dr. Cullen Park on tomorrow (Wednesday) evening. Myshall will provide the opposition and the throw-in is at 7.45pm.


Due to unforseen circumstances the dates for the Ballon Improvement Group's Summer Nature Camp have been changed. It will now be held during the first week of August at three different locations - Malone's Fruit Farm on Tuesday 6 August, Altamont Gardens on Wednesday 7 and Slí na Sceach at The Forge on Thursday 8. The Camp is for children from 5 to 12 years


Volunteers are needed by Ballon Improvement Group to help water flower beds during the current hot dry spell. If you can help please contact Siopa Glas. The village is looking particularly well this year and stands a great chance of retaining its place as County Carlow's best village in' Pride of Place' competition.


Remember that the American Tea Party in aid of Parochial Funds will be held in Leinster Hills Golf Club on Thursday next 25th July. Music will be provided by The Images. A raffle for valuable prizes will be held and there will be spot prizes galore on the night.


Week 6: The steel frame for the main hall arrived on site on Wednesday 1st July and was erected over a three day period. This is almost one week ahead of schedule. The block work at the road end of the boundary wall was built.



Fantastic Team Performance: With almost a full turnout and everyone willing to play their part it was a brilliant outcome with the club achieving a comfortable qualification for the Premier Division league final in Tullamore on the 18th August. Covering 20 of the 21 events with 17 to score the young members on the team benefited enormously from those that have made the league the highlight of their season.

Brandon Fennelly was 5th in the hammer and 4th in the discus, with Barry Regan 5th in both the 100 and 200 and an excellent start for the 4 x 100 squad that finished 3rd in 45.56. Liam Kelly was 5th in the javelin with 34.56 with Stephen Lawlor 6th in the 5000. Denis Brophy was part of the 4 x 100 squad.

James Delaney clocked up 17-03.79 when finishing 3rd in the walk with Colin Byrne in a similar position clearing 3.10 in the pole vault. Our guest competitor Seamus Fitzpatrick was 4th in the shot and 2nd in the 56lbs with a throw of 7.38 Eoghan Buggy was in P.B. form once again when nailing down 3rd spot in the 400 in 50.67 and played a big part on both relays, it was also P.B. material from Cormac Kelly with a fantastic 2nd place in the 1500 in 4-00.42 (just outside the 4 minutes).

Eoin Kelly turned in a five star performance taking 2nd in the 110 hurdles in 15.88, 2nd in the triple jump with 14.26 and 3rd in the long jump with 6.50 added to this two fantastic legs on both the 4 x 100 and a winning 4 x 400, he will need some time to recover.

Paul Byrne was one of our individual winners taking the 400 hurdles in style in 53.03 as did Brian Kelly taking the 800 crown in 1-58.31. Both played a huge part on the 4 x 4 which ensured the 3rd victory of the day in a new club record of 3-24.59 When the points were totted up we had 109 to add to our 98.5 from day 1 and 4th place overall. While it is a big ask to feature in the top 3 just yet, if things fall into place sure we can have a real go at it. Emma Daly set a new club record of 43.26 in the ladies hammer when finishing in 3rd place.

Places filling up: The 12th Annual Summer Camp from the 6th to 9th August is currently filling up with a wide interest. Several parents are enrolling children and anyone interested is requested to fill in form in clubhouse or contact Liam at 086-8138107 for more information.

Ballylinan Ready for the OFF: Round 6 in the JFSports Fit4Life league is scheduled for Ballylinan next Wednesday 24th July. All are welcome to one of the flatter courses with registration from 6.30

J.K. Malone & County: The J.K. Malone trophy team competition takes place at the track this Friday evening 26th July commencing at 6.45 It's the final track and field event of the year for many of the juvenile athletes and again.


Golden Goal Week 29 50 euro winner - Paul Shea. Bonus Ball - No jackpot winner. Week No. 19 weekly winner Murphy Kids.


Top Score at Newtown Whist on Saturday was won by Teresa Mulhare. 1st Lady: Maureen Coady. 2nd Lady: Mary Wheatley. 1st Gent: Willie Murphy. 2nd Gent: E. Coffey. 1st Half: Mary Quigley. 2nd Half: Greta mcNulty. 1st Quarter: Mary Gowing. 2nd Quarter: Willie Farrell. Raffle winners were Mary Wheatley, Mollie O'Brien, Tom Gowing, Willie Farrell and Owen Salmon. Whist continues as usual on Saturday next.


Last weeks winners in the Crettyard Footballers Lotto were Jane Kelly, Doonane Hill, Frances Purcell, Doonane, Eoin Delaney, Hollypark and Darren Kelly, Doonane. The winning numbers were 2-3-19-21.


In the Leinster 60 x 30 Championships Junior B Doubles players Andrew Dowling and Peter Whelan had a good win in a tough game against Brendan Hosey and Andrew Lawlor Kilkenny winning 21-15, 21-20. In the other Junior B Doubles game Tomas Lennon and ray fogarty, Cullohill got a walkover due to an injury to an Offaly player. Ciara Dowling plays in the ladies Junior B Leinster Final this coming week against Sabrina Hughes, Dublin.

PILTOWN DRAW: St Brigids Handball Club had its first winner in the Piltown Draw when Mary Carr, Ardenteggle won 7th prize of €400. Kieran Kerwick, Sidegate, Cloneen was the winner of Hotel B&B.

CLUB MIDWEEK LOTTO BONUS BALL - Ball No. 45 - Winner of €50 - John Behan, Tolerton.



Terry and Martin Smith would like to thank all those who supported the recent open days at their Clonmore garden. A total of €1,200 was raised over the two days which was donated to Ghana project, motor neurone disease and Carlow hospice. Hope everyone enjoyed the gardens and thanks again for your support.


The Lotto numbers on July 8 were 13, 19, 21, 28. There was no winner of the €2,200 Jackpot and three match 3 winners each receive €70: Michael Byrne, c/o Michael Byrne; Catherine Murphy, c/o Post Office; Tammy & Taylor, c/o The Corner.


The 3rd Club Development Draw took place on on Friday July 12, and the top prize of a car was won by Alice Meaney, Old Leighlin. Clonmore had two winners: Bobby Connolly (€200) and Clive Lambe (€150). Congrats to Bobby & Clive and thanks to all who supported the Development Draw.


The annual collection for the support of the Apostolic Work Society takes place on the weekend of Saturday July 27, and Sunday July 28,in all churches in the parish.


A clothing collection (clothes, household textiles shoes) for the support of the education of children in a parish in Kenya will be held at the churches in Hacketstown, Knockananna and Killamoat on Tuesday July 23, Please leave collection bags at the church between 9 am. and midday on the day.


Congratulations to the u12 skittles team who brought back gold from the Leinster finals on Saturday last. They now go forward to the all Irelands in August. On the team were Roisin Hennessy Murphy, Conor Whelan, Conor Evens, Adam Deay, Billy Lawlor, Cormack Connolly, Sean Moran.


Congratulations to Sean Deay on winning silver in the u14-80m at Leinster and went on to get bronze in the all-Ireland in Tullamore last Sunday. Robert Bulmer who got gold at Leinster when he was part of the county u13 relay team. They go on to the all-Ireland on July 20, in Tullamore.



LEIGHLIN GFC LOTTO: The results as follows: No's 7, 13, 16, 28. No winner. Jackpot €9,300. Next week's draw in the Lord Bagenal Lounge Bar.

BALLINABRANNA GFC LOTTO: The results as follows: No's 4, 11, 13, 21. No winner. Jackpot €6,100.

OLD LEIGHLIN GFC LOTTO: The results as follows: No's 8,10, 12, 26. No winner. Jackpot €1,900, Next week's draw in Carey's Lounge Bar.


Last Parish Draw for 2013 will be held on Sunday, 28th July after 11am Mass. Parish Centre will be opened from 3-6pm Saturday, 27th for return of draw cards.


Leighlin Parish Field Day Sunday, 4th August. Wheel of Fortune, Bottle Stall, Bric a Brac, Pony Rides, Bingo Stand, Tea Stall, Darts, Scarecrow Competition, Tug of War and much more! A Fun day out for all the family!

Donations: Leighlin Field Day seek donations of bottles, cans, bric-a-brac, children's toys, unwanted gifts, household items etc for the Bottle Stall and Wheel of Fortune. Items can be left into Parish Centre during office hours.


Leighlinbridge-Sunday, 4th August at 7pm; Clody-Monday, 2nd September at 7.30pm



Numbers drawn 14-19-24-26. No jackpot winner. Match 3 win or share €150. Lucky dip winners: Garry Cullen, Grangecon; Garry Cullen, Mary Byrne, Knocklishen; Jamie Byrne Tony Bolger, Ballybit; John Keogh, Brian Smith, Harroldstown; Lena Smith, Hazel Burgess, Lisnavagh; Mick Keogh. Promoters Prize: Collette Kelly. Jackpot €1,700 Winner of 10 voucher for Bruno's-Bill Cullen Thank You for your continued support


Numbers drawn 3-5-8-12 No Jackpot winner. Match 3 winners win or share €150 were: Mary Alice Leigh, Knockavagh (5-8-12-22) Noel Kennedy c/o Wollie (2-5-8-12) Betty Leonard , Rahill (3-7-8-12). Promoters Prize: Michael Keogh. Bruno's Takeaway Voucher-Nuala Byrne, Fr Cullen Tce. Well done to all. Jackpot €4,500.


Well done to the U 13 girls futsal team on reaching the Leinster final in Longford last week-end. The team was as follows: Leah Curran, Louise Colgan, Anna Colgan, Ciara McGuirk, Caoimhe Deeering and Sadhbh Doughlas. Missing on the day were Rachel Deering and Rebekah Doyle-Hughes. The girls were beaten 6-3 by Skryne Co. Meath who went on to win the final by beating the Co. Kildare team 6-1. We would like to say a special thanks to Mark for couching the team and to Margareth and Shirley for helping our.


We are holding a Churge Gate Collection at Masses on Saturday and Sunday 27th and 28th July. We would appreciate your generosity to us which helps us to continue to support the older and vunerable people, and those living alone, by installing care-units in their homes. Your contributions are needed in order that we can do this.

If you are aware of any elderly person who is living alone and may be in need of a care-unit , let us know by contacting either the Chairman William Busgess 087 9907832 or Secretary Phil Heenan, 059 9161313. Keep an eye on your elderly neighbours at this time of year as the are at risk of heat related illnesses especially if they live alone.

Our text alert system is working extremely well and has proved most beneficial to Gardai. If you would like to be regestered for receicing text please contact Julie Doyle on 087 7422902. Remember be ALLERT for strangers in the community. Report any suspicious activity to the Garda Station, telephone no. 059 9181160 and make sure you have stored the Text-Alert Mobile number in ypu own mobile phone.


Thanks to all the people of the Parish who contributed so far to the restoration of the Stations. Thanks also to Noel Curry and his team for taking down the Stations and putting them back up. Anyone who would like to contribute to the cost of the restoration of the Stations can contact the Parish Office.



Tinryland Senior Footballers begin championship campaign on Sunday next Tinryland senior footballers will begin the 2013 Carlow S.F.C campaign when they take on Old Leighlin in a repeat of the 2011 Co. final at Dr Cullen Park on Sunday next 28th July. This opening fixture for Tinryland has a 7.30 p.m. throw in and the men in blue and white will be hoping for a successful start to the 5 match campaign in group 2 under new manager Mick Casey. Other teams in Tinryland's group include O'Hanrahans, Naomh Eoin, Eire Og and Mount Leinster Rangers. The group winners will automatically qualify for the semi final while the 2nd and 3rd placed teams will qualify for the quarter finals.


Results for 15th July: Tinryland GFC would like to congratulate Paul McGrath Linkardstown on winning the €10,000 euro prize in the Tinryland GFC Lotto, well done Paul. Next week's lotto prize will be €2,000, if you're not in you cant win!


Tinryland Park Committee are introducing a Commemorative Tree Scheme to allow the public to pay tribute to a person(s) or occasion by purchasing a tree in the new public park. The scheme will contribute to the "greening" of the village, park and foster a sense of ownership in our new park. The Cost of a Commemorative Tree, including plaque and installation is €200. Payment plan available. Any person wishing to purchase a tree in Tinryland Park must complete a Commemorative Tree Scheme request form, application forms are available in Deane's Shop or from Frances Byrne on 087 907 9331.

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